Relangi in a scene from the Telugu film Aada Pettanam (1958)
Relangi Venkata Ramayya

Died27 November 1975(1975-11-27) (aged 65)
Occupation(s)Actor and playback singer
AwardsPadma Shri (1970)

Relangi Venkata Ramayya ( 9 August 1910 – 27 November 1975), known mononymously by his surname as Relangi, was an Indian actor, comedian, and producer known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema.[1][2] He was honoured with the Padma Shri for his contribution to Indian cinema in 1970. Relangi is particularly known for his comic expressions, and dialogues during the 1950s and 1960s. Together with Ramana Reddy, they were a comedy double act.

Notable Relangi performances include films like Gunasundari Katha (1949), Vipra Narayana (1954), Missamma (1955), Donga Ramudu (1955), Mayabazar (1957), Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu (1958), Velugu Needalu (1961), Iddaru Mitrulu (1961), Kula Gothralu (1962), Lava Kusa (1963), Chaduvukunna Ammayilu (1963), Nartanasala (1963), and Preminchi Choodu (1965).[3][4] The Relangi Art Academy Award was instituted in his honour for best comic performances.[5]

Early life

Relangi was born in the village of Ravulapalem in the East Godavari district in Madras State (now Andhra Pradesh). He was a professional Harikatha performer and also an expert Harmonium player.[4] He grew up in Kakinada; however, he didn't show interest in education due to his passion for acting.


Relangi started his initial career acting in stage and folk theatre and also took female roles in stage theatre. He started his film career by playing a Vidushaka (Jester) role in his first Telugu film Sri Krishna Thulabaram in 1935 under the direction of C. Pullayya. Later on, he assisted Pullayya as a Production Manager until he got a major break with the film Gollabhama released in 1947. Subsequently, he played a comedic role in Vindhyarani (1948), which was a big hit. He was a regular face in all the movies made under the Vijaya Films banner from 1950. He grew so popular that he was given a chance to play a comedic hero role in Pakka inti Ammayi in 1953 under Pullayya opposite Anjali Devi.[6]


As a comedic actor, he was quite popular when partnered with actress Girija, actress Suryakantham, and another comedian actor, Ramana Reddy. These combinations were repeated for several hit movies in Telugu. Some of the well-known movies in which Relangi acted are shown below.


Some of the well-known songs sung by Relangi are in the following movies:

Year Film Song
1949 Gunasundari Katha Adive Eduraivachche Daka Padara Munduku Padipodam
1951 Patala Bhairavi Talalene Ne Talalene
Vinave Bala Naa Prema Gola
1952 Dharma Devata Virise Vennelalo
1954 Vipra Narayana Aadadhi Ante Layam Layam Aa Needantene Bhayam Bhayam
1954 Pedda Manushulu SivaSiva moortivi gaNanaadhaa
1955 Missamma Dharmam Cheyyi Babu Kaani Dharmam
Seetaram Seetaram Seetaram Jai Seetaram
1966 Paramanandayya Shishyula Katha




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  6. ^ " - Titbits". Archived from the original on 19 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Bhuloka Rambha (1958)". Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  8. ^ "Krishna Leelalu (1959)". Retrieved 24 January 2024.
  9. ^ "Sri Rama Katha (1969)". Retrieved 18 February 2024.
  10. ^ "Bhale Abbailu (1969)". Retrieved 28 January 2024.
  11. ^ "Vidhi Vilasam (1970)". Retrieved 11 January 2024.
  12. ^ "Kalavari Kutumbam | Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved 19 February 2024.
  13. ^ "Meena (1973)". Retrieved 30 January 2024.
  14. ^ "Uttama Illalu (1974)". Retrieved 27 January 2024.